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Old Apr 18th 2018, 02:02 PM   #1
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What bloody idiot desiged that radiator?

5 mins to change spark plug 1, 5 hours to change spark plug 2. had to dismantle half of the front of the bike to get the radiator out of the way. All it needed was 30mm oval in the bottom of the radiator, followed all the guides that say you can do it through the service hole, but no chance on my early 2012 panigale. Thankfully its done now and firing on both cylnders again.
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Old Apr 18th 2018, 02:39 PM   #2
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Yer don’t follow the advice on ducati.org that you can get the spark plug out of that service hole.

Broke the lead and there $120 aud for one lead

I think originally it must of but they had to make the top radiator bigger and couldn’t be f*cked altering moulds.
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Old Apr 18th 2018, 07:19 PM   #3
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Yer don’t follow the advice on ducati.org that you can get the spark plug out of that service hole.

Broke the lead and there $120 aud for one lead

I think originally it must of but they had to make the top radiator bigger and couldn’t be f*cked altering moulds.
I managed to make it work by using the guide on Ducati.org.
That being said, it was still a major pain in the ass and required a bunch of pushing/pulling/cursing.
If that hole was just a little bigger, hell, 1/2" would've made a huge difference.

That being said, if I ever have to do it again, I'll just drop the radiator. Idiotic design on Ducati's part.
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Old Apr 18th 2018, 07:44 PM   #4
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Would like to know how you did it because the shaft snapped in half getting it out the hole

Also if you want to test a spark plug lead it won't work with a normal multimeter you have to use a megger.
Apply voltage and should get a dead short.

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Old Apr 19th 2018, 09:12 PM   #5
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The first time I changed the horizontal plug on the 1199 I managed to get it through the access hole... but yes, it was truly a pain as mentioned above. You quickly realize that something's not right. On subsequent plug changes I've approached it differently, removing the side fairings, mudflap, radiator mounting bracket/holder, etc. The radiators do not have to be removed. Granted, it's a good bit of work but at least you don't have to fight with the bike to get the job done. With a few design changes Ducati could have made this job much easier.
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Old Apr 20th 2018, 02:44 AM   #6
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hell, 1/2" would've made a huge difference.
........ she said
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Old Apr 20th 2018, 12:18 PM   #7
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when will you guys learn this is done on purpose so you DONT do the work yourself. all of it oil change coolant change spark plug change they take 10 min jobs and make them over an hour long. they want you to say f this ill take it to the dealer.
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Old May 22nd 2018, 02:20 PM   #8
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Only 4 bolts holding the rads in !
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Old May 22nd 2018, 03:25 PM   #9
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@Halo2

The imbecile that wrote that hypothesized that you could get it out. He certainly did not. You will break the plug wire off if you try and then the socket will NOT fit.

BUT...NOLA to the rescue.

So I sat there for a while looking at it and the stupid access hole. AND I documented this with photos so I could show them later. Told the Master Ducati tech's in my area and they had never even thought of this.

Take the fairings off, drain the radiator fluid from the lower drain hole. Take upper radiator hoses off, unbolt the upper radiator from the plastic main holder, and if you tilt it backwards and pull it down out of the little plastic tabs at the top, and shove it straight up (CAREFUL of the fins, they have millimeters of clearance to a little metal part on the interior of the radiator (non wheel side), you will totally open up enough space at the access port to pull the plug wire out and then slide an AutoZone thin walled socket into the hole and get the plug out. Turns 1.5 hours into 35 min and you don't have to disassemble any of the front end, wheel, or mufflers.

When you slide the radiator up look at the top there are two little tab guides that you can pull the top out of and slide the radiator up (once released from the tabs) and it gives you clearance on the front to get the plug out.

Simple. I'll try and find photos of me doing it, but it works. I shoulda made a write up when I did it for a "sticky" on here.

NOLA.
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Old May 23rd 2018, 08:10 AM   #10
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Wow, if you could do a write up with pictures that would be awesome!! Sometimes these bikes can be very frustrating to work on and every "trick" you can learn helps. Thanks.
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